Aleksandra Petkovska

Worldwide Virtual Doula
Aligning heart and mind to birth the way you want.
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I work with families online to help them prepare their heart and mind for the birth they want.

I was not a person who heard many stories about birth growing up, and those I did were not necessarily positive. This shaped my beliefs and I have been working hard to shift my mindset about birth, pregnancy, parenting and major life transitions in general. Information is important, and I bring that, but so is heart, I want you to have the best of both!

about me

My journey has taken me to many unique places in the last 2 years, I tell people close to me that I don't need to be knocked over the head with a lesson too many times before listening and taking action.

So in this time I started my journey as a doula after working as a perinatal social worker for 2 years, and then my partner and I left Canada to travel the world and create community online and locally to amazing destinations around the world.

Now I want to serve YOU to help you align your heart (stories + beliefs) with your mind (information + education) to birth the way you want.

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packages

My business is evolving and growing alongside my own personal journey, and that gets me so excited because I get to develop new ways to serve you!

I offer a mixture of local in person support as well as virtual support for families looking for a birth or postpartum doula, help developing birth and postpartum plans, and people wanting support navigating fears and negative stories around the whole transition period from conception to entering parenthood.

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birth workers

I came into the birth world as a social worker and through that lens I saw the gap of support for birth workers in terms of their emotional and mental health.

Upon researching more I found evidence for what many of us observe in this community and that is high burnout rates and distress related to the work. Being an entrepreneur on top of that can make this work isolating. Birth workers need help processing difficult births and outcomes as well as the families themselves experiencing them. I offer one-on-one support as well as a free facebook community of support where we hold virtual support groups for birth workers.

Find the group here.

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#bloomingfamilies
In the last few weeks I have been hearing and seeing so many conversations from birthing people about wanting to switch the plan of where they want to birth. They want to be home, where they feel comfortable and safe.
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Some may have the option to easily switch and some do not.
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Reading and listening to those conversations has really pulled at my heart strings. People are scared and I just want to run to them and give them a hug. This time is so challenging for so many people, and for people pregnant and waiting to have their babies soon my heart is just breaking.
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It is no secret that I am an advocate of home births. For low risk folks who have a home they feel safe in, it is I think an amazing option, and a different experience entirely.
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However, if you were planning a hospital birth, there is a reason. Either a medical reason, or it is about your beliefs and sense of safety. I think it is important to honour that.
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I think it is important to sit with the feelings that are coming up and think about your B R A I N (we talked about this in a previous post if you scroll down just four posts!). Making a decision from a heart centred, neutral state is one thing. Making a fear based decision is another thing entirely. And making a decision from this space may not be what you need to feel safe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Part of why as doulas we provide so much education prenatally and why we talk about decision making strategies like BRAIN is because we do NOT want you to make fear based decisions in your pregnancy and birth. That is why we want to help you find your voice in YOUR birthing space.
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This is no different. I want you to birth your baby 
i n y  o u r p o w e r 
wherever you are meant to birth them.
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I'm here not to only to talk through options but to talk through the thoughts, feelings and fears coming up. Let's sit with it, explore it, and get you to a place where you can make the best choice for you.
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Part 2 coming up later today.
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#bloomingbirth
Partners, friends and family...you're up!
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It is an ongoing myth that doula support replaces the support of a partner or other support person. The reality is that we are complimentary to other supports and we are, in fact, even a support, to the support people in your life.
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Right now, in many ways as policies are changing partners and other support people who may be your "one person" are needing to step up into bigger roles. This can be nerve racking because maybe they planned to have some backup, and some guidance. And frankly, they may be scared and worried too!
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This is where your virtual doula can come in. Let's grab a tea, find a comfy spot and chat virtually about pain gateway theory, what different comfort measures are, what does a labouring person look and sound like and more!
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Im taking clients now for virtual support in whatever ways you need it! Check out my highlight reel on instagram now to take a look at my packages, but don't hesitate to message  me if you need something unique outside of the packages (like a session or two with specific questions or topics you need some guidance with for example).
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What is one way a virtual doula may be useful to you now?

Sending you all lots of love <3

#bloomingbirth
Another month has come and gone friends. Can you believe we are 3 months into 2020 already?
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I had such exciting plans for March and for April but alas, the world needed something, and what we plan is sometimes quite different to what we need.
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The lesson for me has been about quick decisions and quick adaptations. Overnight our whole life seemed to be flipped upside down and what was most heartbreaking to deal with was that  we didn't make it to our family in Serbia.
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Keeping things in perspective, everyone is healthy and safe, and we will be together soon. And the surprises we had planned will prevail, just with a different deadline.
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I miss my family, I miss my home and my safety nets. I also miss the water.
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I let myself cry about it, I let myself adjust to it, sometimes I feel like I go through these same adjustments on the daily, but the gift has been the time to allow space for whatever needs to show up.
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I have found grounding in the earth and the sun and this has been my greatest healing measure.
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And I have found peace in being able to show up for you all as we all navigate these changing times.
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I believe the Earth is healing, I believe on focusing on the light and being the light for you.
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What have you found healing in? What needs do you have that haven't been met, perhaps by expressing needs we may be able to allow the universe to find who or what will meet it.
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So Happy April Friends, let us be in the up and up from this day onward xox
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Is there anything you are looking forward to this month? Think hard, even something small, may one day be big.

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